Sunday School: 9:30am; Service Times: 10:45am
9220 Kinneville Rd, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827 - (517) 663-5451 - FirstBaptistChurch@fbcofer.org


The New Year is here and we're excited because our Great God is at work in us. In a New Sermon Series in The Gospel According to Mark He will be challenging us to enthusiastically serve one another. Our thriving Men & Women's Ministries, Legacy, Youth Group and Jam (Kids Ministry) are all being used to draw us closer to God and to present God with boldness and joy! We hope you can join us and experience God working mightily in your life this year!




Latest Sermon:      Pastor John     Mark 1:21-28        February 19th, 2017  OutlineDownload Now


We provide an archive of past sermons to help fully devoted followers of Christ grow in their faith on verse at a time. "It means to preach the Bible in such a way, that the meaning of the Bibile passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God. That's the challenge - the divine Word coming through the preacher." John MacArthur 

Prayer Requests

Church members of First Baptist Church surround our pastor with daily and weekly prayer. Each Sunday they gather in the pastor’s office to pray during the worship service. They pray for the prayer cards turned into the offering plate that week and they pray for the people and the pastor while the Word of God is being proclaimed.

Legacy - 50's

A vibrant ministry for those who are 50 and older at First Baptist Church. 

Legacy meets on the second Saturday of each month at 6 pm at the church. 

Here is the information on the upcoming Legacy meeting.


To keep up with all the planned events at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids check the church calendar here

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  • History

    The Lord called a small number of the early pioneers in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to start a Baptist church in 1845.  They named the church "First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids."  Currently we are unaffiliated with any denomination but retain our Baptist heritage, theology and church polity.



    Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Word of God, the congregation is the final authority within this local church.  The congregation governs itself through a council of elders and a board of deacons, both of which are elected by the congregation.



    Our church members adhere to an affirmation of faith found HERE in our church membership covenant.



    Our pastor's preaching has the theological distinction of being solidly reformed.  He teaches God's Word in an expository manner going verse by verse through the entire Scripture.  The messages are available HERE

  • Senior Pastor

    Preaching & Teaching – Our Senior, Pastor John Wright, believes that the Bible is the inerrant, inspired, powerful and relevant Word of God. His delivery style is expository. His desire, every week, is to preach the original meaning of the text to those listening in a clear and concise manner that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, teaches, convicts, and encourages everyone to pursue Christlikeness and present Jesus Christ to the world.

    Shepherding – Our Pastor seeks to lead, not only through preaching and teaching, but through developing relationships. His heart to go through life with those in the congregation and grow together in knowledge and love for God.

    Counseling – Life is difficult and we need each other. Our Pastor practices Biblical counseling and would love to meet with you. However, concerning counseling ladies, he does have a strict policy in which he will not counsel ladies alone, but requires a third party. This is for the protection of the counselee and our Pastor.

  • Worship Music

    All our public worship services are blended in style because we love and seek to develop fully devoted followers of Christ among all the generations in our town.


    We sing both hymns and contemporary songs and the instruments that accompany our vocalists are both traditional (piano/organ) and modern (drums/guitar). But that is not our main concern. Our focus is on the God we worship and the truths we sing to and about that God who has revealed Himself in the Bible.


    We have found great value in having our children as a part of our song service so they learn the great songs of faith from the oldest generations in our church. It is precious to the older adults in our church to see their grandchildren and great-grandchildren sing these cherished hymns are full of sound doctrine and fond memories.


    Likewise we have found that it has encouraged the younger generations to worship alongside the older generations as they sing contemporary songs that teach Scriptural truth while being accompanied by drums and a guitar.


    The most important question to answer before the Lord is this: Does our musical worship please the Lord? He is our audience and the congregation is His worship team.

  • The children the Lord has given us are one of His most precious gifts.  We love and serve and train the children who come to First Baptist Church.  The primary place of raising children is the home.  We see our role as supplementing what the spiritual instruction children receive in their homes.  

    We also realize that many children do not come from Christian homes so we seek to be a safe place where they can hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Our hope is that the Lord will use us to pass on a legacy of faith to the children who attend the church.
    The children are a part of our Sunday morning worship service.  Some of the children are dismissed to a age appropriate children's ministry at the mid-point of the service.  Anyone who works as a volunteer with children undergoes a background check to ensure the safety of all the children.   
    Our hope is to instruct the mind, engage the heart, and nurture the faith of the next generation.
    We urgently call those who raise the children to encourage faith in the next generation, through biblical teaching of the word, recognizing that faith is a work of God in the heart
  • Jam

    JaM stands for Jesus and Me.  It is for students who are in 4th-6th grade.  Every Monday at 6 pm they meet at the church during the school year.  They have fun and yet they have a time of serious Bible study and discussion.  Most of the students who attend JaM do not have parents you attend the church.  It is an excellent outreach program which focuses on learning the Word of God.


    Youth Group

    It is for students who are in 7th-12th grade.  They meet every Sunday at 6 pm at the church during the school year and they meet twice a month during the summer months in people's homes.  They share a meal together and have an fun activity for the first half of the meeting, then they break into two groups for the teaching time.  7th-8th grade has their own Bible teaching time and 9th-12th grade has their own Bible teaching time.  The youth group also does numerous service projects and weekend retreats.


    Bible Studies

    There is a weekly Bible study at a local coffee shop after school for those who are in 7th-12th grade.  The girls meet every Tuesday from 3-4 pm and the guys meet every Thursday from 3-4 pm.  Many of the students who attend do not go to First Baptist Church but have found a place where they can grow in their knowledge of God's Truth.


    All of our youth ministry programs are lead by trusted adult volunteers who have undergone a background check.

  • The Lord has blessed First Baptist Church with a healthy intergenerational mix. Our seniors are a gift from God whom we honor for having borne the image of God for many years and for their service in the Kingdom of God. They are leaving legacy of faith for the younger generations to carry on as they follow Christ in their footsteps.


    They love the children of the church and find much encouragement and hope in the Lord's work of which they are an important part.



    This is an active group in First Baptist Church for those who are over 50 years old. They the 2nd Saturday of each month at the church. A meal is shared together and there is a special program. Strong relationships are formed and strengthened between those who attend. If you would like to know more about Legacy go HERE and if you want to be added to the Legacy email list go This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • May 25th, 2014


    9:30 am Adult Sunday School Classes

    "Becoming a woman who listens to God" Christina Yoder (Room 1)

    "Foundations of the Christian Faith" Pastor Scott (Fellowship Hall)

    "Beloved Disciple" Ruth Clarke (Room 14)


    9:30 am Children and Youth Sunday School Classes

    Infants  Tami Hankey (Room 9)

    Toddlers (2yrs - 4yrs) Carleen Peters (Room 8)

    4yrs - 4th  Lori Kirkland, Renee Etheridge, Naomi McClurg (Rooms 4-5)

    5th - 6th  Marcie Boles (Room 6)

    7th - 12th  Brad Coontz (Room 15)


    10:45 am Children's Ministries

    Infants  Amanda Mayes (Room 9)

    Toddlers (2yrs - 4yrs)  Cindy Alling, Madelyn Kidder (Room 8)

    4yrs - K  Kelly Pekrul, Robby Morgan (Rooms 2-3)

    1st - 3rd  Julie Teceno, DeWayne Yoder (Rooms 4-5)


News Update

Church Newsletter November 2016 

Legacy - Over 50's 2nd Saturday Potluck; Info at Legacy Link above


Weekly Bible Study

Women's, Men's and Boys' On break until September


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Weekly Programs

Youth Group
7th-12th grade
Sundays 6-8 pm

Ladies' Bible Study

Tuesdays 7-9 pm

Men's Bible Study
Wednesdays 7 am

Prayer Meeting
Wednesdays 7pm

Worship Songs

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need to get in contact with us here at First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids....


Phone: (517) 663-5451
Email: FirstBaptistChurch@fbcofer.org
Facebook: First Baptist Church of Eaton Rapids
Office hours: (M-Th. 8:30am-2pm except on Wed. 8:30am-12pm)
Address: 9220 Kinneville Rd in Eaton Rapids, MI


Sunday School: 9:30am
Sunday Service: 10:45am

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We are located on the south side of Eaton Rapids behind the McDonald's. Come join us to learn about the wonderful gift from Jesus.